As the Director of Refugee Services, Avril W. Knox brings a wealth of experience from various social service settings. Her clinical skills in psychology and social work complement her successes – she welcomes and helps resettle “strangers in our community,” which is a principal Catholic Charities Dallas’ pillar. Her professional repertoire includes 11 years in higher education; more than 20 years of administration, planning, and organizing of social service programs; and over 20 years of combined clinical expertise with health, mental health, children, youth, and families. Outside of Catholic Charities, Avril is an Adjunct Professor of Social Work at Eastfield College, serving students in the Dallas Metroplex since 2006. She is also pursuing a Doctor of Social Work (DSW) degree at Walden University, where she focuses on research studies and advocacy projects that drive social and global change. Avril holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Southern University at New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and holds special recognition in the Academy of Certified Social Workers; she is a member of the Phi Alpha-Tau Sigma Chapter of the National Social Workers Honor Society.

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